Where to Shop in Miami
There are outlet malls, indoor malls that are over 2 million sq ft, stand-alone luxury stores, pop-up designer boutiques, outlet malls, and entire districts devoted to all things shopping. Here are some of our favorite places to subscribe to the notion of retail therapy as necessary.
Located between Midtown and Wynwood, the Design District neighborhood is quickly on the rise as one of the newest luxury designations for shopping in Miami and the Rodeo Drive of the subtropics. The district’s main shopping artery is NE 40th Street where you’ll find major designer flagships like Prada, Lanvin, Louis Vuitton, Christian Louboutin and Hermes. The newly developed Palm Court, just a block away on NE 39th Street is home to high-end jewelers, like Hublot, Tag Heuer and Jason of Beverly Hills. The neighborhood is anchored by the longstanding Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink for a down-to-earth, farm-to-table lunch in an appropriately chic setting.
Lincoln Road Mall
Lincoln Road Mall is Miami Beach’s outdoor shopping mall with great shops and dining options just north of Collins Avenue with tons of well-known retailers. This outdoor pedestrian mall runs east to west through the center of South Beach as a hub for shopping, café-style dining and serious people watching. Look for high-end boutiques like Alchemist and Intermix amidst recognizable brands like H&M, Zara, Forever 21, J. Crew and Lululemon. Plus, a trip to Lincoln Road isn’t complete without ducking into Miami’s independent bookstore Books & Books.
Shops at Merrick Park
Also located in Coral Gables, the Village of Merrick Park is a three-story, outdoor Miami shopping mall that is often hailed as a local favorite. Prices are more reasonable than the luxury shops at Bal Harbour; however, the Village is an upscale mall suited for shoppers with mid to high budgets. Featuring high-end department stores, like Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom and retailers, like Calypso St. Barth, Coach, Furla and Gucci, this picturesque mall is a great place to spend the afternoon.
Aventura Mall, is not technically in Miami, it's in Aventura, about 15 miles north of Miami. Generally considered to be the biggest and best indoor shopping mall in South Florida with exactly 2.7 million square feet with more than 300 stores to provide something for the luxury shopper and the midrange shopper alike. Find Burberry, Dior, Fendi, Cartier and more. If the 300-plus stores (think Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., and Emilio Pucci) aren't enough to keep you busy, the mall regularly hosts special events like Adopt-a-Pet events and a regular farmers' market.
Bal Harbour Shops
For high-end designer shopping, few places in the world compare to Bal Harbour Shops. There are over 100 luxury retailers, such as Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue in a tranquil, open-air setting. You’ll find luxury apparel at the likes of Prada, Dior, and Chanel. For the shoe obsessed, ogle over the collections at Jimmy Choo, Sergio Rossi, and Giuseppe Zanotti. If bling is your thing, then Bulgari, Cartier, and Tiffany & Co. will not disappoint.
Brickell City Center
Four levels of luxury, premium and world-class dining and entertainment are interconnected over three city blocks and anchored by a 107,000 square foot Saks Fifth Avenue and luxury VIP Cinema Experience from CMX. A new model for urban shopping the retail section features luxury brands on the ground level and “premium” retailers on the second and third levels — including Apple, Bally and Valentino. The three principal anchor tenants are Saks Fifth Avenue; the Mexico-based luxury dine-in theater CMX; and La Centrale, a three-story, 38,000-square-foot Italian food hall.
The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills
The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills offers an exclusive mix of luxury outlets stores in an open-air, foliaged promenade. More than 40 designer names, including Coach Factory, David Yurman, Elie Tahari Outlet, Escada Company Store, Helmut Lang, Michael Kors, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo Company Store, Rag & Bone, Ralph Lauren, St. John Outlet, TAG Heuer, Ted Baker and Valentino.